The Hawkweed Prophecy

Written by Irena Brignull

Part of the The Hawkweed Prophecy Series

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July 2016 Debut of the Month  | In a Nutshell: Old world witches * Potent prophecy * Firm friendship

Fairytale witch-magic melds with the modern world in this captivating debut. A spell is cast when two babies are born as the clock strikes twelve and their lives are switched “in the blink of an eye as magic does”. And so a witch, Charlock Hawkweed, gives birth to a daughter, Ember, after long being “cursed with boys” which means that either she or her sister, Raven, will be mother of the witch queen, in accordance with the Hawkweed prophecy. But beautiful Ember is deemed a “pitiful excuse for a witch” and the coven expects that Raven’s daughter will one day be crowned queen.

A world away, teenager Poppy is about to start her eleventh school after a succession of expulsions. “Something always went wrong,” we learn. “Either intentionally or by accident”. Her depressed mum insists that it's not Poppy's fault. “It's the devil in you,” she says. Then, when Poppy follows a hare into a dell, two worlds entwine when she meets Ember. They instantly become friends, and it’s not long before Poppy realises who – and what - she really is… As the girls struggle to find their way, linked both by their friendship and their love for the same handsome boy, the time of the prophecy looms ever closer.

At heart, this is an entrancing, emotionally-charged book about growing up and forming deep bonds of friendship. Younger YA readers with a penchant for the paranormal will be spellbound. ~ Joanne Owen

The Hawkweed Prophecy Synopsis

The babies were born as the clock struck twelve. A bat fell from the air mid-flight. A silver salmon floated dead to the surface of the river. Snails withered in their shells, moths turned to dust on the night breeze and an owl ate its young. The spell had been cast. Poppy Hooper has managed to deceive her father into believing that there is nothing mysterious or unnatural about her. He ignores the cats that find her wherever she goes, the spiders that weave beautiful lacy patterns for her, even her eyes - one blue, one green with an extra black dot orbiting the pupil. Ember Hawkweed is a pitiful excuse for a witch. When the other girls in her coven brew vile potions, Ember makes soap and perfume. Fair and pretty, Ember is more like a chaff than a witch. One of the Hawkweeds will be queen of the witches - but everyone knows it won't be Ember. When the two girls meet, Poppy discovers her powers, and finds out the truth. Bound by their unlikely friendship and the boy they both love, the girls try and find their place in the world. But the time of the prophecy draws nearer - and the witches won't give up the throne without a fight.

The Hawkweed Prophecy Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Rebekah Marsh, age 13 - 'The Hawkweed Prophecy was honestly the perfect book for me, it mixed a fantasy world with simple friendship problems - this mix created the perfect plot line, leaving me to not put it down for days.'
  • Kyra Morris, age 17 - 'The Hawkweed Prophecy was a bewitching read - one that charmed me with its delectable writing, beautifully flawed characters and magical story line. It left me spellbound.'
  • Natalie Hunter, age 14 - 'This was a good book with a wonderfully unique storyline. The characters in this were all adorable, particularly Ember, although I often wanted to shout at them through the pages.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was like a fairy tale and modern story in one.... I recommend this to all YA fans who like their fiction with a bit of mysticism.'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 18 -'Intriguing. Exciting and utterly captivating! A world I would want to visit!'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 14 - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.' 
  • Megan West, age 15 - 'An exciting, refreshing and imaginative read. Very enjoyable.'
  • Phoebe Doherty- Ozobiane age 14 - 'The creepy, otherworldly feel of this book would grab anyone with a love for darkish fantasy and I would gladly give this book a ? stars maybe even 4.5/5 stars.'

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ISBN: 9781408341704
Publication date: 16/06/2016
Publisher: Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408341704
Publication date: 16th June 2016
Author: Irena Brignull
Publisher: Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Irena Brignull

Irena Brignull is a successful screenwriter. Since working on the screenplay of The Boxtrolls, Irena has been writing an adaptation of The Little Prince directed by Mark Osborne and starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard. Previously, Irena was a Script Executive at the BBC and then Head of Development at Dogstar Films where she was the script editor on Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Bravo Two Zero to name a few. Irena holds a BA in English Literature from Oxford University. The Hawkweed Prophecy is her first novel.

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